This startup is using AI to eradicate malaria

Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of malaria. The World Health Organization estimates that the disease killed more than 400,000 people in 2019. A startup called ZzappMalaria hopes to shrink these numbers by targetting the mosquitoes that transmit the infection. The company’s tech focuses on larviciding, a method of treating the water bodies in which the insects breed. In conventional operations, fieldworkers can easily miss some of the vast quantities of water they need to larvicide. ZzappMalaria’s mobile app uses AI to make their work easier. [Read: How Polestar is using blockchain to increase transparency] The system uses a neural network…

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Scientists from the University of Gothenburg have developed an algorithm that assesses the severity of skin melanoma as accurately as dermatologists. The system was developed to help doctors determine the stage that a skin cancer has reached. While patients often independently find melanomas by spotting a new mole or a change in an existing one, even dermatologists can struggle to decide whether it’s invasive or not. The researchers suspected that AI could assist them with the task. [Read: How Polestar is using blockchain to increase transparency] They classified the melanomas with a convolutional neural network (CNN), a powerful method of analyzing images that’s proven… This story continues at The Next Web

Scientists developed an AI system for predicting human psychosis

A team of European scientists led by researchers from the Max Planck institute recently developed the world’s first cybernetic system for predicting psychosis onset in high-risk patients. According to the NIH, about three percent of the general population (data is US-specific) will experience psychosis in their lifetimes. To put that in perspective, the odds you’ll be stung by a bee are approximately six million to one. Unfortunately, predicting psychosis in high-risk patients is a difficult task. The current paradigm requires intensive diagnosis by trained professionals at a specialized medical facility, something most of the world’s population lacks immediate access to.… This story continues at The Next Web

Chinese tech giant Baidu reportedly plans to launch an AI chip company

Baidu is reportedly planning to launch a subsidiary AI chip firm, which could boost China‘s efforts to develop a domestic semiconductor industry. CNBC reports that the search giant is in talks with venture capital firms GGV and IDG Capital about investing in the venture. The company would sell chips to customers in various industries, including automakers, and could also support Baidu’s work on electric and autonomous vehicles. A source told CNBC that Baidu would likely be the majority shareholder of the subsidiary. [Read: How Polestar is using blockchain to increase transparency] The news comes as China pushes to strengthen its homegrown… This story continues at The Next Web

Everyone’s obsessed with Clubhouse, so Facebook is reportedly making its own

If you’re on Twitter, it’s very hard to escape discussions about Clubhouse — the audio-based social network that lets you chat with other people in real-time. It’s whipping up such a storm that Facebook has decided to make its own version. According to a report from The New York Times, the social network is experimenting with building an audio product that’s akin to Clubhouse. This development comes days after Mark Zuckerberg made an appearance on the audio-based app last week, to talk about augmented reality and virtual reality. [Read: How Polestar is using blockchain to increase transparency] A Facebook spokesperson… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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